Monday, August 31, 2009

Map frames

Worked the whole weekend aside from Friday working on map frames for the big guy. I would have worked on Friday but had a bad gout flare up in my right ankle and great toe. I managed to get the molding done and now its sanding and finishing the frames to put the maps in place and get ready to hang. The frames are 4X5 feet in size. Not your average picture frame size.
This will be my last project making something for ADOT. I've snuck in a couple projects of my own. I figured since I was wood working anyhow I might just as well make something for me. Make something good. My last project wasn't all I had hoped it would be. Turned out great just just.... I need something to take away the memory of that one. I figure a couple of small boxes. I've got a couple in mind. I had the wood here some mahogany and some old pine that looks really good now that its been cleaned up and resawn into thinner pieces. I think it will be great for a dovetail box.
Retirement is getting close so things should be starting to get hectic. The interviews are almost over. I need to do my close out evals and the like but I'm ready. Just need to devote time to the Germany trip. Woo-hoo.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Quiet Week

Not much happening this week. Resignation letter was accepted so now all that's left is the passing of my retirement date.
We're conducting interviews this week and next. Have had some interesting times in the interviews. This will be one of my last official acts before retiring. Hopefully we'll get the right person for the job this time.
I've got people in Germany helping me look for an apartment. Maybe now it goes easier. Maybe not but it is the thought.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Ha, so after lots of fretting and wondering I've finally figured out how to use the darn DB BAHN scheduler to know how to ride the darn trains in Germany/ Europe. Lots of pressure taken off for that now. Whew!!!!!!!
Just had to pay better attention to the scheduler and lo and behold I just had to do a couple of extra clicks on the scheduler and BAM there was the whole thing with transfer map included. It pays to pay attention.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Social Security appllied for today

I've just submitted my request to begin social security to day. I did the application on line so it was pretty easy. Just have to find my 214 and get a copy to them.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

To My Ma.

We gathered around
one last time.
Feeling helpless and worried.
We hoped against hope
she would hang on.
Tiny in her bed, frail
an unwanted last image.
Needing to see her as herself one more time.
Floods of memories not
synced with the person
lying upon the bed.
Swallowed up by pillows and blankets.
No longer will she stand and
watch us leave waving
good bye until she can't
see us anymore.
Now one final wave from us
Good-Bye ma.
Be with the angles.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Christmas in Gilching! Wie Toll!!!!

So I got an apartment in Gilching a couple blocks from the place where we used to live. It is still in Gilching not Neu Gilching. It is actually pretty close to where we stayed last time except this is not a Hotel. We'll have to check out if that Serbian Restaurant is still there. Warm Schnapps will be really good before the 10 minute walk back to the room! lol!

We'll be there for Christmas and New Year and then on to Rothenburg a. d. Tauber. Should be fun. I'm still not as successful as I had hoped with finding Holiday apartments in Austria.

I spent most of yesterday with a route planner, a translator, city maps and Gast Haus listings. At least I'm learning new words.